February 2023 - Diocese of Lafayette Reflection Day

Lenten Day of Reflection Feburary 16, 2023

Immaculata Center, Diocese of Lafayette Louisiana

The annual event was open to priests of the diocese as well as deacons and church parish staff members.  Kristin Bird, from Burning Hearts Disciples focused the day on how parishes and schools can facilitate deeper discipleship and conversion as we live out the Great Commission from Jesus to "Go and make disciples."

If you would like to talk to someone about planning for evangelization & discipleship, hosting a parish mission/retreat, or forming a team of missionary disciples, please don't hesitate to contact us

Share your story!  Tell us about your experience of the Lenten Reflection Day.

Session i: Mission & Identity



Additional Reading


Evangelii Nuntiandi Pope Paul VIEvangelii Nuntiandi: On Evangelization in the Modern World (Pope Paul VI)   jesus the story you thought you knewForming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing & Following Jesus (Sherry Weddell)   Joy of the GospelEvangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel
(Pope Francis)
 Joy of the GospelStart With Why:  How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
(Simon Sinek)



Evangelizing is in fact the grace and vocation proper to the Church, her deepest identity. She exists in order to evangelize.

Pope Paul VI, Evangellii Nuntiandi

Faith is the “primary victim” of a Church that does not live out of its missionary identity. But the good news is that faith -- the ability to trust and believe -- will flourish in a missionary environment.

Session iI: The Evangelization Process



Additional Reading

living as missionary disciplesLiving as Missionary Disciples: Resource for Evangelization (USCCB)   Sharing the faith you loveSharing the Faith That You Love: 4 Simple Ways to be Part of the New Evangelization (John Boucher) made for missionMade for Mission: Renewing Your Parish Culture (Tim Glemkowski)

Session iII: Co-Workers for the Harvest



Additional Reading/Watching/Listening

Start with Jesus: How everyday disciples will change the worldStart with Jesus: How Everyday Disciples Will Renew the Church
(Julianne Stanz)
 radical candorRadical Candor: Get What you Want by Saying What you Mean (Kim Scott) redeeming conflictRedeeming Conflict: 12 Habits for Christian Leaders
(Ann Garrido)

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
(Patrick Lencioni)
Buffalo Charge the Storm: Influential Leadership (Rory Vaden)

Session iV: Your Next Steps



Additional Reading

ablaze paradigms for parish renewalAblaze: 5 Essential Paradigm Shifts for Parish Renewal (Strohm) from christendom to apostolic missionFrom Christendom to Apostolic Mission: Pastoral Strategies for an Apostolic Age (University of Mary) redeeming conflictNew Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith: Lineamenta
(Synod of Bishops)


If you would like to continue the conversation about making disciples in your parish, please don't hesitate to contact us

Share Your Story!  Tell us about your experience of the Day!